November 8, 2012
The recent Pew Internet Project study reported that only 9 percent of American adults use texting to get health updates, although 80 percent use text messaging. As app adoption stagnates, some start-ups, like California-based HealthCrowd, are hitching their wagon to mobile messaging, including text messaging, rather than apps, as the future of patient engagement.
“There are too many apps out...
October 29, 2012
For the second year in a row, the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston has received a McKesson Foundation research grant to develop and study a text messaging system that will help patients with a specific condition. This time, the unspecified grant will support SMS and voice response technology for managing pain associated with cancer treatment in hopes of reducing...
August 18, 2010
Video chat will change mobile phone use for the hearing impaired: One of Apple's commercials for its FaceTime video chat service shows two people using sign language: A group of researchers at the University of Washington is developing their own mobile technology that enables users to transmit American Sign Language (ASL) over cellular networks via device. The software is called MobileASL and was...
July 13, 2010
Mobile health pilots conducted by Dr. Richard Katz of George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC were the subject of a recent Associated Press report. "Medical Minutes" is the term Katz uses to describe his program.
Katz aims to use incentives to see whether inner-city diabetics, an "especially hard-to-reach population," according to the AP, will better control their blood sugar and...
June 23, 2010
By David Doherty, Business Development, 3G Doctor
Rob Havasy, a Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health, has posted a somewhat confusing article entitled “The Uncertain Price of mHealth."
The basic premise is that the move from flat rate unlimited data to tiered data plans is something that “will surely impact smartphone use in mHealth.”
The article goes on to...
May 26, 2010
MedWaitTime, a new Web and mobile service launched in Chicago last week, aims to help patients determine if their doctor is running late for an appointment. Soon it will include emergency wait room times, too. Dr. Vishal Mehta, an orthopedic surgeon, launched the service with 10 Chicago-area doctors, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Mehta founded Medical Wait Time with two...
May 25, 2010
At the Mobile Health 2010 event at Stanford University this week, Paul Meyer, CEO of Voxiva, skyped in to discuss the recent launch and progress of Text4Baby and plans for two new add-on services for Text4Baby: Quit4Baby and TextFit. Meyer said Quit4Baby will be a smoking cessation text message powered service for new and expectant mothers. TextFit is a text message service centered on nutrition...
May 4, 2010
Every year Time Magazine publishes its list of the 100 most influential people. This year the list feature four categories: Leaders, heroes, artists and thinkers. Among the "thinkers" for the 2010 Time 100 is Matt Berg, a 32-year-old mHealth pioneer. Berg is technology director for ChildCount+, which equips community health workers in Africa with a text message powered healthcare service....
March 17, 2010
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: "We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!"
Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide...
February 1, 2010
Data tsunami to overwhelm: According to a survey sponsored by Dell and conducted by HIMSS, small and medium sized hospitals in the US, Europe and China are not ready for the "wave of data" that is set to "inundate" their systems over the next couple of years. More
Another entrant in the person locator service for Alzheimer's patients and others: "Aerotel Medical Systems of Holon, Israel has...